Saturday, February 24, 2007
Ready to Smock
Well, I'm almost ready to start smocking Emily's Easter dress. Today I traced my pattern pieces and prewashed my fabric. Now why did I buy 100% cotton fabric? It will always need ironed. What was I thinking?! :-)
I have not yet decided on the smocking plate yet, but I think I've narrowed it down to two. Sometimes I wish there was an heirloom sewing shop in town or in the city just so I could browse the smocking plates, patterns, and laces. As it is, I will be purchasing my lace and trim online without the satisfaction of being able to see and touch it beforehand. I decided to choose a smocking plate from my collection (mostly purchased on clearance when a sweet lady in Denver sold her business).
I also dug out my pleater, a Sally Stanley, purchased in 1995 by my sweet husband for Valentine's Day, and a total surprise to me. He ordered the pleater from Linda's Silver Needle in Chicago, another great place that is no longer in business. (I still have a mug that Linda gave me when I visited her shop on our way through on vacation). I found out today that Sally Stanley pleaters are no longer being made which is too bad. Mine has been a great pleater and I've never had problems with it. I should probably buy a spare set of replacement needles for the pleater....
Tomorrow I will decide on a smocking pattern, and I will pleat the skirt front and the sleeves so I can begin smocking. I so enjoy hand work, and I'm looking forward to working on this. It's been too many years since I've smocked. Joy, joy, joy!